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Amy K. Nichols was born in Germany (back before the wall came down), but spent her formative years in the suburbs of Phoenix, AZ. From early on, she was a voracious reader. In fifth grade she read her favorite book, The Outsiders, thirteen times. (She really loved that book.) It was only later in life she realized there were authors behind the books she enjoyed, real people who told stories for a living. After earning her M.A. in English Literature and working as a tech writer, Amy decided to make a career out of her love of storytelling. She published a number of short stories before taking a stab at novels, and soon discovered a deep passion for writing for young adults. Amy is an avid Doctor Who and Sherlock fan, a lover of all things quirky and offbeat, and has a penchant for learning new things. She married a viking, and lives with him and their two children on the edge of the desert in Peoria, AZ.
Amy's first novel, ANOTHER HERE, ANOTHER NOW, (Knopf, Fall 2014) is a he-said/she-said sci-fi thriller told in the alternating voices of Danny, a street-smart graffiti artist who is jolted into a parallel world, and Eevee, the quietly alluring science geek he kissed once in his world, and finds himself falling for in this one. Together they must figure out what caused Danny's jump before another jolt in the space-time continuum leaves them back at square one. Book II (Spring 2015) flips this story on its head, mirroring ANOTHER HERE, ANOTHER NOW by telling the tale of the alternate Danny and the alternate Eevee.
Aprilynne Pike is an internationally best-selling American author best known for her debut novel Wings, which was released in English on May 5, 2009. Her first novel debuted as a New York Times best-seller and reached the #1 spot on the Children's Best Seller list, making Pike the best-selling non-celebrity children's author to debut in 2009. Her second novel likewise debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list. When her debut series reached three books and was moved to the New York Times best-selling Children's Series list, it became a best-selling series. Illusions and Destined also debuted on the USA Today Bestseller list, which combines books across all genres.
Delilah S. Dawson is the author of the steampunk paranormal Blud series for Pocket, the upcoming paranormal YA Servants of the Storm and the Delinquent series for Simon Pulse, and a variety of short stories and comics, including a short story in the Carniepunk anthology and a novelization of Valiant's Shadowman.
Developed by the Israeli Defense Forces during violent and tumultuous times, Krav Maga in Tempe is an easy-to-learn combat system that EVERY man, woman and child could deploy. It’s currently used by civilians, as well as law enforcement agencies, Military and S.W.A.T. teams around the world.
Greg van Eekhout is the author of CALIFORNIA BONES (Tor Books), the first volume in a contemporary fantasy about wizards who gain their powers by eating the remains of extinct magical creatures. His other books include the urban fantasy NORSE CODE, and middlegrade novels KID VS. SQUID and THE BOY AT THE END OF THE WORLD. His work has been nominated for the Nebula, Andre Norton, and Locus awards. He lives in San Diego. For more information, visit www.writingandsnacks.com or @gregvaneekhout on Twitter.
Jon Samuel Lewis is an American writer best known for the acclaimed Grey Griffins series published by Scholastic’s Orchard Books. After selling nearly a million copies in the original trilogy, Lewis and his writing partner, Derek Benz teamed with Little Brown to produce the Grey Griffins Clockwork Chronicles .
He is also the author of CHAOS Novels , a young adult adventure series that combines supernatural, science fiction, and urban fantasy to create an exciting hybrid of non-stop adventure.
He currently resides in Arizona with his wife and children.
Janni Lee Simner's post-apocalyptic Bones of Faerie trilogy is set after the war between the human and faerie realms has destroyed the world, leaving behind a land filled with deadly magic: trees that seek human blood, glowing stones that burn with cold fire, and forests whose shadows can swallow a person whole. The first book, Bones of Faerie, was dubbed, "Pure, stunning, impossible to put down or forget," by World Fantasy Award winner Jane Yolen, School Library Journal describes the second book, Faerie Winter, as “A hauntingly exquisite portrait of a postapocalyptic world."
Janni is also the author of Thief Eyes, a contemporary young adult fantasy based on the Icelandic sagas and called "a captivating modern odyssey" by Publishers Weekly, as well as of four books for younger readers and more than 30 short stories.
Actress, playwright and award winning, bestselling author Leanna Renee Hieber graduated with a Theatre degree and a focus in the Victorian Era. She has published short plays and adapted works of 19th Century literature for the professional stage. Her debut novel, THE STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL TALE OF MISS PERCY PARKER, landed on Barnes & Noble's bestseller lists, won two 2010 Prism Awards (Best Fantasy, Best First Book) and is currently in development as a musical theatre production. DARKER STILL: A Novel of Magic Most Foul, hit the American Booksellers Association "Indie Next List" and is a Scholastic edition "highly recommended" title. Leanna's short fiction has been featured in WILLFUL IMPROPRIETY, on Tor.com, in QUEEN VICTORIA'S BOOK OF SPELLS: Tales of Gaslamp Fantasy (Tor) among others. Her new Gaslamp Fantasy series with Tor / Macmillan, THE ETERNA FILES, launches in 2014 alongside a reissue of the Strangely Beautiful novels. Her books have been translated into many languages and have been selected for multiple national book club editions. She is a four time Prism Award winner in fantasy and novella categories among other genre awards. A member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, Leanna works often in film and television on shows like Boardwalk Empire. When not writing or on set, she's telling ghost stories, cavorting at Goth clubs, corset shopping, channeling Narcissa Malfoy, wandering graveyards and adventuring about New York City, where she resides with her real-life hero and their beloved rescued lab rabbit.
Suzanne Young currently lives in Tempe, Arizona, where she teaches high school English. When not writing obsessively, Suzanne can be found searching her own tragic memories for inspiration. She is the author of several books for teens, including The Program, A Need So Beautiful, and A Want So Wicked. Her next novel is The Treatment, due out in April of 2014. Friend her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter at @Suzanne_Young, and visit Suzanne-Young.blogspot.com.
The DREAD Fleet is comprised of five ships, each specializing in a spectrum of pirate talents; belly dancing, sword fighting, living chess matches, stage shows, contra dancing, and all manner of pirate history! Our ships sail Arizona executing educational and entertaining performances. If ye think us merely a sailor’s grog induced ramblings, we beg you visit when we make port at Phoenix Comic Con. Our adventures promise to amuse and may entice the wayward free-booter!
Tom is the author of four young adult novels: SICK (a YA zombie novel), PARTY, MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRL, and ZERO (an ALA/YALSA Best Young Adult Novel for 2013). His fifth book, RANDOM, will be released in August. Tom brings 22 years of theatre experience as an actor and director to both his writing and classes on writing and publishing. He is available for school visits, classes, and other presentations, having been a teacher, panelist, and/or lecturer for Phoenix ComiCon, the Tucson Festival of Books, ASU, RWA, SCBWI, Kennesaw State University, Western New Mexico University, NCTE, ALAN, and many more. He can be reached via his website at www.tomleveen.com.